A New Marriage Proposal

How a controversial program promotes matrimony as a way to tackle poverty

Elsewhere in America, a family therapist, a pastor or a wise grandparent might perform Karen Faverey's job. But in Delaware Terrace, a rambling brick housing project in the Rust Belt town of Easton, Pa., Faverey, a serene mother of six, is paid by the Federal Government to enter the living rooms of unwed, low-income couples and ask a loaded question. "You know which question I'm talking about," Faverey says to Lamont Sims and Stephanie Bryant, who live and work in Delaware Terrace, he in the maintenance department, she as a receptionist. They have dated for 2 1/2 years. Sims, 31, nods....

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